The Ellipse

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Editorial Review

Aside from being the location for numerous popular events including public concerts, the White House Easter Egg Roll, The Pageant of Peace and the National Christmas Tree, the Ellipse also marks the zero mile point from which distances in Washington are measured.

The grounds are also the home to several small monuments. These include the Settlers Memorial honoring those on whose land the Federal City was built, the Zero Milestone and the Boy Scout Memorial. Military monuments are also found here, including the First Division Monument, also referred to as "Victory," which honors men from the First Armored Division of the U.S. Army who fought and died in World War I, and the Second Division Monument, which honors the men who fought in both World Wars with the Second Division.